Brimming with majesty, this HD documentary offers a startling glimpse of one of the most remote corners of the planet. As the sun beats down and the wind whips dust into his eyes, Sonam, a Himalayan nomad, struggles across a desperate, arid landscape. His region faces the most dramatic temperature rises on the planet. The climate has changed, suddenly turning his once beautiful world into an endless desert. Now Sonam and his people face a desperate decision, whether or not to leave their homeland forever, or stay on and fight the increasingly extreme weather. May 2011
There's little doubt that the internet has changed our lives for the better. Online, we do everything from booking holidays to paying bills. But how easy is it for a cyber-crook to take control of your computer without you even knowing it? This eye-opening doc reveals how you can have your identity stolen, your phone disconnected and your bank accounts emptied in hours.
The only TV doc to have advance access to the biggest Wikileaks release ever. This is what really happened during the Iraq war, not what the US PR machine of the time wanted us to believe. The reality behind the civilian death count; al-Qaeda's fictitious presence; torture, torture and more torture. A wall of truth revealing unprecedented levels of unwarranted aggression.
Imaginez qu'une tempête balaie votre jardin et qu'à votre insu et sans votre consentment des graines étrangéres génétiquement modifiées s'introduisent dans le potager que vous choyez depuis des années. Quelques jours après les représentants d'une multinationale frappent à votre porte, réclament tous vos légumes et portent plainte contre vous pour utilisation illégale de semances patentées en exigeant le paiement d'une amende de 20'000 euro. Et le tribunal donne en plus raison à la multinationale. Mais vous résistez... Cette anecdote n'a malheureusement rien de fictif. C'est une réalité amére, a l'échelle mondiale et en particulier pour les canadiens Percy et Louise Schmeiser, détenteurs du Prix Nobel alternatif, qui se battent depuis 1996 contre le chimiste et fabricant de graines Monsanto. Environ trois quart récoltes mondiales de plantes génétiquement modifiées sont issues des laboratoires Monsanto, une multinationale américaine à laquelle on doit les tristes inventions du DDT, du PCB et de l'agent orange. Monsanto ne recule devant rien pour contrôler la chaîne de production allant des champs jusqu'à l'assitte du consumateur. C'est ce qu'ont vécu les agriculteurs Troy Rush, David Runyon et Marc Loiselle ainsi que milliers d'autres paysans dans le monde. Ceux-ci ne luttent pas que contre Monsanto pour survivre en tant que paysans mais également pour pour la liberté d'expression et le droit de propriété. Pourtant c'est surtout l'avenir de leurs enfants et petits-enfants qu'ils se sont engagés, pour que ces derniers puissent grandir dans le monde exempt de nourriture génétiquement modifiée. Ce film est porteur d'espoir: Pour tous les individus qui craignent de ne pas faire le poids face au monde de la politique, de la finance et aux multinationales. "David contre Monsanto" nous prouve le contraire.
It was Osama Bin Laden's involvement alongside the CIA in the Afghan war against the Soviets that catalysed his international jihad. This documentary offers the definitive 16mm coverage of that conflict, introducing the forefathers of today's Taliban and raising powerful questions about the conflict today.November 2009
Three people on a unique Pacific Island face the first devastating effects of climate change. As an enormous flood threatens to engulf their paradise, who will decide to flee and leave their culture behind forever? And who will stay, hoping only that God will save them?
Bio-tech companies own 20% of your genes. Is patenting the only way to fund life-saving medical research? Or has it become a genetic landgrab, price-gouging the vulnerable?"I think the greatest thing I did was to create Myriad", says Mark Skolnick, founder of the company that discovered and patented two breast cancer genes. Many women struggling for diagnosis and affordable treatment disagree. Joanna was tested for the breast cancer gene: "it cost $4000 to find out I had the gene; getting a second opinion was illegal." In 2010, a judge ruled that no one had the right to own a human gene. Dr Wendy Chung was overjoyed. Finally her patients who had genes that warned of "a 50 to 85% chance of developing some kind of cancer" could be told. As Myriad appeals to the Supreme Court the gene war rages on - the decision reached there could have dire consequences for us all.Produced By ABC AustraliaDistributed By Journeyman Pictures
Growing up surrounded by blond, blue-eyed children in Sweden, Chinese adoptees Alice, Mimmi, Nanna and Linnéa always felt different. The girls were adopted on the same day from the same orphanage but -- having moved abroad as babies -- they don't speak Mandarin and have no concept of their native country. Now ten years old, they are returning to China for the first time. What will they make of their homeland? A moving look at identity.Feb 2007
With gambling in China illegal, Hong Kong and Macau have become the premier destinations for Chinese gamblers. In China gambling has long been part of life, but with a society increasingly divided by rich and poor, the Chinese have become obsessed with winning easy money. As they pin their hopes on games of luck and fortune, four gamblers bring us on an emotional search for belief and identity in money-centric modern China.
February 2011, and the Arab Spring is in full swing. International TV cameras are lapping up events in Cairo and Tunis, celebrating the overthrow of one despotic regime after another. But out of sight, in Bahrain, another uprising is underway. Foreign journalists are banned from this island kingdom, but unknown to the ruling Khalifa family, one undercover crew were capturing the horrific carnage of a revolution forgotten by the world.Out of the night the police swarm around the protestors, unleashing hell. Inside the Salmaniyya Hospital, the victims scream and writhe in agony. Doctors fight desperately to save lives, but for some the scene is too much to bear. "We call for help here in Bahrain: we call on the US, EU, all Arab countries. It's chaos here. It's unbelievable..." one doctor pleads to the camera. Defying a government injunction in order to treat the huge numbers of wounded protesters, they are accused of "fabricating" accounts of injuries and become the target of cruel oppression.The Bahrainis had enjoyed a brief taste of freedom as they rallied together, making banners and painting murals. The white tower of Pearl Roundabout in the heart of the capital became a symbol of hope. The pro-democracy encampment was allowed to flourish and portable toilets, satellite televisions and food stalls popped up. "Drink tea out of love for Bahrain", the vendors cry. A man offers a marigold across the tangled barbed wire, to a chant of "Sunnis and Shias are brothers, the country cannot be sold." But at 3am police attacked the sleeping protesters, signalling the start of a terrifying push-pull of revolution and bloody counter-revolution.Over the next few months, Pearl Roundabout alternates between festival and bloodbath. After another brutal government crackdown, the dissenters' calls for peace and co-operation are replaced by the slogan: "no dialogue." A teenage poet is seized from her family home, tortured in prison and forced to make a public apology. Protesters are killed or imprisoned and beaten; people are afraid to leave their homes. The tower is obscured by clouds of smoke and, finally, bulldozed to the ground. The Khalifa's claim they are saving the country from, "the brink of a sectarian abyss".This film offers an extraordinary, eye-opening narrative of those who dared challenge the faces that stare down from public buildings and preside over the state-controlled TV. It is a graphic account of crimes against humanity and commands a visceral reaction. Yet it is also a story of incredible courage. The people of Bahrain still won't be beaten: each night they take to the rooftops and shout their slogans, nurturing their dream under cover of darkness. "The Bahraini people touched the soul of freedom. They won't go back."
What does it really mean to be 'a good soldier'? Following the journeys of four veterans from three generations of wars, we realize that it means killing without hesitation, never asking questions and accepting innocent casualties as "collateral damage".
‘This community was built on being left alone by the cops. We don’t want your government’ cries Dred as he shoots at a can of petrol. Like many of the people living in this vast, dusty underworld, he went into the military as a teenager and came back a different man. ‘I don’t know anyone who’s come out of a combat situation and gone right back into society. It takes a little time’ explains Maine, a sufferer of post-traumatic stress disorder, ‘this is the last remaining land of America. It’s freedom’.